Creating Waves of Awareness
PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION OF CHRONIC DISEASES — 1828.
If I did not know for what purpose I was put here on earth — to become better myself as far as possible and to make better everything around me that is within my power to improve — I should have to consider myself as lacking very much in worldly prudence to make known for the
common good, even before my death, an art which I alone possess, and which it is within my power to make as profitable as possible by simply keeping it
But in communicating to the world this great discovery I am sorry that I must doubt whether my contemporaries will comprehend the logical sequence of these teachings of mine, and will follow them carefully and gain thereby the infinite
benefits for suffering humanity which must inevitably spring from a faithful and
accurate observance of the same, or whether, frightened away by the unheard of
nature of many of these disclosures, they will not rather leave them untried
and uninitiated and, therefore, useless.
At least I cannot hope that these important communications will fare better than the general Homoeopathy, which I have published hitherto. From unbelief in the efficacy of the small and attenuated doses of medicine, which I made known to the medical world
after a thousand warning trials, as being the most efficient (distrusting my faithful
asseverations and reasons), men prefer to endanger their patients for years longer
with large and larger doses. Owing to this, they generally do not live to
see the curative effects, even as was the case with myself before I attained
this diminution of dose. The cause of this was that it was overlooked that these doses by their attenuation were all the
more suitable for their homoeopathic use owing to the development of their
dynamic power of operation.
What would men have risked if they had at once followed my directions in the beginning, and had made use of just these small doses from the first? Could anything worse have happened than that these doses might have proved inefficient ? They surely could do no harm! But in their injudicious,
self-willed application of large doses for homoeopathic use they only, in fact
only once again, went over that roundabout road so dangerous to their patients
in order to reach the truth, which I myself had already successfully passed over,
and indeed with trembling, so as to save them this trouble; and if they really
desired to heal, they were nevertheless at last compelled to arrive at the only
true goal, after having inflicted many an injury and wasted a good part of
their fair life. All this I had already laid before them faithfully and frankly,
and had long before given them the reasons.
May they do better with the great discovery herewith presented to them! And if they should not treat this discovery any better — well, then a more conscientious and intelligent posterity will alone have the advantage to be obtained by a
faithful, punctual observance of the teachings here laid down, of being able to
deliver mankind from the numberless torments which have rested upon the poor
sick owing to the numberless, tedious diseases, even as far back as history extends.
This great boon had not been put within their reach by what Homoeopathy had